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Summer Discovery Camps

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Camp Dates: June 13 – August 12, 2016

Camp Times: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Extended Care: Before Care: 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. After Care: 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.


Participant Ages: Completed K-8th Grade (6th-8th grade camps Week 3 & 5 ONLY)

Register your child for the grade level they will have completed as of June 2016.

Cost of Camp: $164 for MOSH Members / $205 for Non-Members

Cost of Extended Care: $10 per child per day. Please select all applicable dates when registering.

*As a result of the holiday, this will only be a 4-day camp; cost will be pro-rated to reflect the number of days.
**Cost for this camp is an additional $25 for supplementary supplies and/or field trip transportation.

In order to reserve a spot for your child in camp payment must be made ahead of time. Once a camp is full no further tickets will be available for purchase. Please contact the MOSH reservationsist at 904-396-6674 x 226 to place your name on the waiting list for a particular camp.

Refund Policy: Cancellations made at least two weeks prior to the event are eligible to be rescheduled or refunded, cancellations made with less than 2 weeks notice are eligible to be rescheduled but no refunds will be given and no credit or refunds will be given for no shows/no calls.

Kindergarten and 1st Grade Camps

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Week 1: June 13 – June 17

Mad Science 101

The JEA Science Theater is YOUR laboratory!  Campers will conduct chemical reactions, perform exploding experiments, and mix concoctions as they work their way up to an end-of-the-week science show created and performed by the campers!

Week 2: June 20 – June 24

Limitless Building Bricks

How tall can you build your skyscrapers? Campers will draw designs and experiment with different materials to see what works best as they work to create their very own micro brick city.

Week 3: June 27 – July 1

Science of Seuss

How do you create green eggs and ham? Is “Oobleck” a solid or a liquid? From Butter Battles to the Lorax, campers will use science to investigate the strange, yet familiar, happenings in our favorite Dr. Seuss stories.

Week 4: July 5 – July 8*

Dinosaur Days*

From the Triassic period to the Cretaceous, campers will dig into the depths of dinosaur life to determine if any dinosaur descendents still walk the earth!  Get ready to stomp and chomp your way through a week of hands-on experiments.

Week 5: July 11 – July 15

Busy Bodies

Let’s get busy moving!  Campers will examine the role the skeleton, muscles and other body systems play when we jump, run and play through a series of hands-on experiments.

Week 6: July 18 – July 22

Kid Inventors

Campers will learn how simple machines like springs, levers, and wedges work and how we use them every day.  We’ll end the week with a showcase of our inventions at MOSH’s very own Discovery Camp “Shark Tank” event!

Week 7: July 25 – July 29

Mini Engineering

Campers will be see what it’s like to be part of an engineering team as they create topple-proof towers, build bridges and learn how math and science relate to engineering.

Week 8: August 1 – August 5

Wild Florida

Campers will become guest naturalists as they embark on a behind-the-scenes adventure to learn about the inner workings of MOSH’sFlorida Naturalist’s Center, design animal enclosures and learn what it takes to care for our resident critters!

Week 9: August 8 – August 12

Race to Space**

Ready; set; blastoff!  Campers will tour the galaxy in the Bryan-Gooding Planetarium, perform anti-gravity experiments, race rockets, make space food, and find out what it takes to be an astronaut! Campers will travel to Kennedy Space Center August 11.

2nd and 3rd Grade Camps

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Week 1: June 13 – June 17


Prepare to get messy as we whip up a week full of all things gross! Experiment with goo, oozes, and blobs and make slimy creations out of stuff you can find at home. This camp is not for the queasy!

Week 2: June 20 – June 24

Building Bricks Lab

From the tallest tower to the fastest car, campers will put their engineering skills to work as they complete challenges in the MOSH Builders Lab.

Week 3: June 27 – July 1

Superhero Science Academy

Calling all Superheroes! Attend MOSH’s Superhero Science Academy to learn the science behind web-slinging, cape-flying, and super-human strength.  Campers will create their own identities, costumes, and comic books during this week-long super camp!

Week 4: July 5 – July 8*

Dino Discovery*

What does a Dipoldocus eat? How fast can an Afrovenator run? Campers will discover how their diverse characteristics helped dinosaurs survive then will use their discoveries to create a dinosaur of their own!

Week 5: July 11 – July 15

Healthy Me

Campers will explore the inner workings of the human body and the science behind turning food into fuel as they learn why it’s important to make healthy choices so they can be their best “Me”!

Week 6: July 18 – July 22

Inventors Workshop

Do you have the next BIG idea? Campers will see what it takes to make their ideas a reality as they learn about gadgets and gizmos through the years.  They’ll showcase their ingenious inventions on Friday in MOSH’s very own Discovery Camp “Shark Tank” event!

Week 7: July 25 – July 29


Attention scientists and engineers, Optimus Prime needs your help!  Campers will learn the science of transformation and use the secrets of the allspark to create their own robots to help the Autobots take on the Decepticon goons, and save the Earth!

Week 8: August 1 – August 5


Do dragons really exist?  Campers will unravel the mysteries and stories of dragons from around the world as they get up close and personal with some of MOSH’s resident reptiles!

Week 9: August 8 – August 12

Moon Madness**

Campers will blast into space to search for nebulas and investigate the moon. They’ll learn how craters are formed, about moon phases, and what it’d be like to walk on the moon as they conduct experiments. Campers will travel to Kennedy Space Center August 11.

4th and 5th Grade Camps

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Week 1: June 13 – June 17

Mythbusters: Physics Frenzy

Is milk or water better to treat a mouth full of spicy foods? Why does candy make soda explode? Get to the truth behind the myths you choose with explosive results!

Week 2: June 20 – June 24

Mindstorm Building Bricks

Learn new ways to use your building bricks using Mindstorm.  Campers will embark on individual challenges that will test their critical thinking and allow them to be the masters of their own brick creations using programmable robots.

Week 3: June 27 – July 1

MOSH’s School of Magic

“Harry Potter” fans must enroll in the most magical school in the land. Mix up an assortment of odd potions, study owls and other curious creatures, and use illusion and science to levitate and make things disappear. Campers will show off their wizardry skills at graduation!

Week 4: July 5 – July 8*


grab shovels and helmets for an expedition in search of the latest discoveries in dinosaurs and how paleontologists play a vital role in uncovering the past.

Week 5: July 11 – July 15

Body Works

Paging future nurses, doctors and medical professionals! Campers will conduct biology experiments throughout the week leading up to a camper-produced addition to our NEW Health In Motion exhibit! Campers will travel to the Multidisciplinary Simulation Center at Mayo Clinic for a first-hand medical learning experience.

Week 6: July 18 – July 22

Ingenious Inventors

Did you know some of the best inventions were created by kids? Campers will use critical thinking skills to bring ideas to life then embark on the design process to test their creations.  They’ll show off their creations at MOSH’s very own Discovery Camp “Shark Tank” event! 

Week 7: July 25 – July 29

Build It**

Campers will become honorary members of the MOSH Exhibits Team to explore the history of engineering, build with different types of materials, and construct their very own take-home creations in MOSH’s workshop!

Week 8: August 1 – August 5

Mission MOSH

Do you have what it takes to be a Secret Agent of Science?  Campers will uncover the secrets MOSH as they use technology to solve museum-themed mysteries.

Week 9: August 8 – August 12

Space Travelers**

Prepare for an intergalactic adventure amongst the stars! Campers will make their way through constellations, explore neighboring planets, launch rockets and more in this out-of-this-world adventure. Campers will travel to Kennedy Space Center August 11.

6th through 8th Grade Camps

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Week 3: June 27 – July 1

Hunger Games Survival Science

Campers will uncover the techniques used by Katniss Everdeen and the other victors on a quest to survive. The camp will culminate with an archery competition to win the Golden Arrow.

Week 5: July 11 – July 15

Dissection (Right in Two)**

Ever wonder how something works and just decide to cut it “right in two”?  You are just who we need to attend our dissection camp!  Campers will delve into eooey-gooey specimens as well as less obvious specimens like electronics. Campers will travel to the Multidisciplinary Simulation Center at Mayo Clinic for a first-hand medical learning experience.

Summer Camp FAQ

What do campers do during the day? Campers will spend their time in the classroom, in the museum and outside in some instances for their camp. They will fill their day learning about the topic at hand through hands-on demonstrations, experiments and crafts. Children will have free time to explore the museum exhibits and will be able to attend at least one science show, animal show or planetarium show. Space week includes off-site field trips (see below).   Do campers go outside? K-5th grade campers will go outside for a 30 minute supervised recess to release energy, or to perform certain science experiments but will remain indoors the majority of the day.   What are the qualifications of the summer camp instructors? MOSH camp instructors are hired summer-only instructors. MOSH hires certified teachers who have undergone fingerprint screening and background checks.   What is the teacher-to-student ratio in the classroom? For Kindergarten through 1st grade camps there is one teacher for every 15 campers along with three Teen Interns assisting in the classroom. For grades 2nd – 3rd, 4th – 5th and middle school there will be one teacher for every 20 campers with two Teen Interns assisting in the classroom. There are no Teen Interns for middle school camp.   What is the student-to-teacher ratio on the field trip? The teacher and teen intern to camper ratio during the field trip is one to five.   How many campers do you accept? In the Kindergarten through 1st grade camp, we will take up to 15 children in each class and for all other grades we take up to 20 children in each class.   What do children do during extended day? MOSH offers early morning and late afternoon child care to accommodate working parents. During extended day sessions, campers have free play during which they can play games, draw and color or watch a “G” rated movie.   What do you serve for a snack? MOSH no longer serves snacks. Parents are responsible for supplying a mid-morning snack.   Can I have lunch with my child? Tuesdays and Thursdays are our designated “parent lunch days.” We do ask that if parents want to eat with their child they go out to the park or off the premises to eat. We also ask that parents let MOSH staff know in the morning if they would like to have lunch with their child that day.   Will you be going on any field trips? MOSH has planned for campers in grades K-5th participating in Space Week to visit the Kennedy Space Center.   What types of buses do you use for field trips? MOSH uses air-conditioned school buses for its field trips.   Can my child bring a DS, gameboy, or iPod to camp? Campers are not allowed to bring personal electronic devices to camp. However, campers enrolled in extended day may bring personal items such as books as long as it does not cause problems. Campers may not play with personal items in the camp classrooms. If personal items become a distraction, they may be taken away and will be returned to the parent at the end of the day. Please be aware that MOSH will not be held responsible for lost, broken or stolen personal items. The child is solely responsible for all personal items, including money that is brought to camp.   Will the campers have a chance to go to the MOSH Store? Campers will have time to go to the MOSH Store on Friday afternoons. If you choose to give money to your camper, we ask that you limit it to $5.00 per child. Again, it is the child’s responsibility to keep their money and purchases safe.